India skipper Virat Kohli says the ICC should consult with teams and players about scheduling current tours and series due to the exhaustion that comes with bio-secure bubbles.
The new way of touring and staging cricket tours has taken its toll on players and management, who are forced to spend their time in a strict environment without the freedom of moving around.
According to Kohli, the congested international and domestic schedules should be discussed in order to ensure the mental and physical well-being of players.
‘The players need to be spoken to and consulted with all round,’ Kohli said ahead of his team’s ODI series against England.
‘Otherwise it’s going to be a case of whoever can last through difficult times like this plays, if not, then move away and someone else replaces that player. I don’t think it is healthy for a cricket system and cricket culture moving forward, which we definitely want to make stronger and stronger.’
The ICC rescheduled the T20 World Cup, which was due to take place in Australia last year, meaning India will continue to host this year’s edition, while the Australians will eventually get their chance in 2022.
That will then be followed by a 50-over World Cup, also in India, the following year.
‘I think it is important to consider how much cricket you are playing. It’s not just the physical side of things but the mental side of things as well. Scheduling and workloads is something that everyone will have to be aware of,’ Kohli added.